I’ve been pondering a name change and a move to WordPress for some time. I created my blog five months ago on a whim and without any familiarity with other book blogs. I thought of a few names, and the first one I found that was available on Blogger was Read, Rinse, Repeat, and so my blog was born. Don’t ask me what “rinse” has to do with anything, because I couldn’t tell you. All I know is that when I told my hairstylist that I have a blog, and I told her the name, she was tickled pink. The other minor problem is a blogger that many of you know (and if you don’t, you should!) , named Octavia (@ReadSleepRepeat), at the similarly named Read, Sleep, Repeat. Now THAT is a name that makes sense! Plus, she staked her ground before I came along. I know of at least two bloggers who expressed confusion over our names, and once, even I got them confused!
When I began to think of a new blog name, I wanted one that was dissimilar to others in the book blogosphere. If there are any book review blogs containing “inspiring” or “insomnia,” I haven’t seen them. Along with the fact that I’m seemingly unable to choose a name without alliteration, I also like Inspiring Insomnia because it so aptly describes my life-long relationship with reading. From a very young age, I spent many nights huddled under my covers with a flashlight and a book, long after I’d been sent to bed. Now, I don’t have to hide, but I still spend many nights reading well past my bedtime.
I’ve spent the last month researching the best way to move to WordPress. For someone still getting used to Blogger, it’s a little overwhelming. At times, I’ve been tempted to throw money at someone to just do it for me. But I’m not throwing in the towel just yet. I’ve purchased the domain name, obtained a web host, and spent some time tinkering with the new site. I was originally going to announce the new WP site and my name change at the same time, but I finally realized that would be way too confusing. So, I decided to change the name here on Blogger (even though I’m not going to change the Blogger domain name), to allow people time to get used to it. I hope to move to WP within the next month, and I certainly hope that you all will follow me!
I also have to think Kristen (@Kris10Williams) at My Friends are Fiction. She (and her husband) have been an invaluable resource as I stumble through this process, all in 140 characters or less.
If you have any questions, comments, or advice, please let me know. Also, I’d love to know: what is the last book that kept you up late at night?